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The Counter


Foodborne diseases kill thousands of Americans each year. Tracing food with genetically engineered spores could help



Earth Island Journal


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Forbes


New this ski season: A jacket brewed like spider’s silk (with John Cumbers)

Meet eight tech titans investing In synthetic biology (with John Cumbers)



Caltech Letters


Decoding the language of genomes (with Suzy Beeler)

How synthetic biologists could save the Cavendish banana from the brink of collapse



Scienceline


A light switch for cutting DNA

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AI can’t color old photos accurately. Here’s why

AI can make music. But will it replace your favorite musician?

Hackers set their sights on 3D printers

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Massive Science


A proposal to use CRISPR to prevent opioid overdoses is a useless approach to healthcare

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Little Village Magazine


Iowa’s dwindling bee population is part of a larger, frightening trend (cover story)

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Spectrum

Switching neurons on and off to probe autism circuits

Autism brain signature most pronounced in sensory areas

New tool transforms, compares dissimilar brain maps

Six steps to using machine learning for animal behavior research

Spectrum Index: Self-harm hospitalizations, everolimus flops in phase 2 trial

By the Numbers: Suspensions, unemployment, health checks

Modified CRISPR tool boosts UBE3A levels in mice

Psychiatric conditions hospitalize almost one in four autistic women by age 25

Autistic LGBTQ+ people report frequent mental health problems

Clinicians lack confidence in diagnostic interviews with Black mothers

Spectrum wins four national Azbee awards

Spectrum Index: Dip in autism screening, null cancer risk, therapist surge

Deep-learning tool tracks interacting animals in real time

By the Numbers: Services cliff, hospital costs, co-occurring ADHD

Miniature microscope records thousands of neurons in moving mice

Open-source algorithm automates common marble-burying assay

Spectrum Index: Rare genetic diagnoses, obesity odds, violence against children

By the Numbers: Mental health diagnoses, melatonin-tied polypharmacy, journal gender gap

Health-care barriers prevent many autistic people from seeking medical treatment

Electronic health record alerts for physicians boost autism study enrollment

Controlling neurons with ultrasound: Q&A with Sreekanth Chalasani

Spectrum Index: IQ deviations, rural disparities and underweight infants

Women outnumbered among editors of top journals in neuroscience, but not in autism

By the Numbers: Autism funding over time, West African research, racial reporting

Most autism intervention studies lack data on race, ethnicity

Anorexia before or during pregnancy linked to having a child with autism

By the Numbers: Unequal ABA access, autism incidence by insurance type, criminal charges counts

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‘Pay-to-participate’ autism stem-cells paper retracted

By the Numbers: Black neuroscience speakers, mildly effective CBT, autism’s diagnostic odyssey

Age at autism diagnosis, first intervention drops to under 3 years

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By the Numbers: Preschool antipsychotics, COVID-19 vaccinations, delayed autism diagnoses

Missed check-ups, delayed autism diagnoses among low-income children

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Q&A with W. David Lohr: Antipsychotics, polypharmacy among autistic preschoolers

By the Numbers: Machine learning, dementia link, antipsychotics while pregnant

Autism mouse models cluster by brain activity pattern

Autism study earns ‘expression of concern’ over unavailable data

Protein atlas doubles number of known interactions in mice

By the Numbers: Coronavirus infection odds, Medicaid waivers, correlating conditions

Sex, age of diagnosis correlate with autism comorbidities

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Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Ofer Yizhar

Method tracks neuron paths, gene expression simultaneously

Q&A with Richard Bethlehem: What goes into a Brainhack

New optogenetics technique minimizes thermal damage to neurons

Polypharmacy, shifting prescriptions common for autism comorbidities

By the Numbers: Polypharmacy, outpatient autism care, pandemic behaviors

Disrupted cell skeletons may explain brain wiring changes in autism-linked condition

Wireless optogenetic devices sync neurons among mice

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Retraction Watch

Clinical trial paper that made anemia drug look safer than it is will be retracted

Prominent Chinese scientist failed to disclose company ties in COVID-19 clinical trial paper

Ecologist who lost thesis awards earns expressions of concern after laptop stolen

Editor declines to correct paper with duplicated image after earlier study disappears

University in Japan revokes doctorate for plagiarism of text, image

The rector who resigned after plagiarizing a student’s PhD thesis

An author asked for multiple corrections to a paper. PLOS ONE decided to retract it.

Seven barred from research after plagiarism, duplications in eleven papers

Paper claiming Muslim patients are “particularly sensitive” retracted

Editor who opined on author excuses has paper subjected to an expression of concern

“Riddled with errors”: Study of cell phones and breast cancer retracted

University clears scientist of logging industry’s misconduct allegations

After grad student suicide, misconduct findings, university suspends professor

Bad blood at a lab leads to retraction after postdoc publishes study without supervisor’s permission

University of Tennessee investigation finds manipulated images in Science paper

Meet the postdoc who says he’s been trying to retract his own paper since 2016

Eleven papers corrected after nutrition prof fails to disclose patent, company ties

Leading evidence-based group blames pandemic for 9-month delay pulling flawed cancer review

Mathematician ranked as Clarivate “highly cited researcher” has third paper retracted

Journal pulls two studies that listed an author without his permission

What is a figure about budgies doing in four different plant papers?

“The whole thing is yucky:” When you’re surprised to find yourself as an author on a paper

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SynBioBeta


Automated biology is now an affordable reality

How aquaculture innovation can save seafood

How automation and machine learning help explore the dark corners of the genome

Spiber’s biomaterials stack: From new production facility to fashion runway

One lab in Germany is using robots to advance computer-aided synthetic biology

Synthetic biology gets a makeover with Evonetix's DNA synthesis technology

How synthetic biology is dyeing the future of fashion

Synthetic biology for sustainable cities (with John Cumbers)

Why carbon recycling could be synthetic biology's crowning achievement

Biology unlocked: Emerging applications of cell-free systems

Biotechnology meets fashion and sports performance: Trends in the apparel industry

Find a needle in the cancer haystack

Living medicines: Engineering the microbiome

Synthetic biology and reproducibility meet on the internet (of things)

Synthetic life: Made from scratch

Scientists are engineering organisms to create new materials



The Official PLOS Blog


Science Behind-the-Scenes: Multiplexed CRISPR and sgRNA arrays with the Howard Salis lab

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Science Behind-the-Scenes: Do-It-Yourself OD measurements with Dr. Chinna Devarapu and Vamsi Yallapgragada